Judicial Council of California
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The work on Language Access is necessary to enhance the work of the State at the courts to provide access to all Limited English Proficient consumers.

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Meaningful work; work remotely once per week

Cons

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JCC Back office IT Operation (aka JCIT)

Since there are 3x too many layers of mgmt, 2/3rds of the management should go work in the private sector , where they are held accountable and have to be responsible for actually doing something other than sit in meetings all day talking. In house mgmt training is marginal. What I gather, this is systemic in state government. It's a backwater operation that has lost sight of the mission. Caught up in their weird mgmt dynamics and waste taxpayer's money sitting in meetings all day and producing little. It's a tragedy.

Pros

benefits, although dramatically increased number of service years to get some retirement benefits, Its a state government place, so dont have to work hard and not much is expected, The agency mission is a good one, but IT mgmt has lost sight of it, Lots of time off to recover from not working very hard, CalPERS pension, but all depends on how well they are funded when you retire

Cons

salaries well below market, they wont pay for training or conferences, Only performance measure is how many meetings you attend, mgmt spends most of the day in meetings, takes at least three levels of mgmt to make a simple decision, very bureaucratic your career will die here, often they have you do things other than what you were hired to do, mgmt doesnt write anything down so they cant be held accountable, Consequently there is a toxic work environment with bizarre office politics, predominantly mediocre people putting in time until they can retire
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Judicial Council of California insights

Based on 12 survey responses
What people like
  • Feeling of personal appreciation
  • Fair pay for job
  • Time and location flexibility
Areas for improvement
  • Overall satisfaction
  • Trust in colleagues
  • Support from manager

Positive and supportive environment and a job with a sense of purpose

I've been happy at this organization and feel that the organization and most of the people have the best intentions in serving the courts and the public. I have personally been in a great environment with a truly diverse group of people and have been supported and encouraged throughout my career. The mission of providing service to the courts (which in turn makes a positive impact to the public) is at the heart of what we do.

Pros

People, work-life balance, public service, benefits

Cons

Some unavoidable bureaucracy
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Bureaucratic and Pretentious

The administration outside of the Chief Justices practice favors and nepotism as a mode of operation. Most of the senior leadership team hire management and above based on friendships and familial relationships. Totally corrupt organization running the administration for the courts and the California Bar. If there was a TV show that was representative of the environment it would be Mad Men.

Pros

Intelligent colleagues and stimulating work

Cons

Corrupt, biased, not a diverse government organization with old fashioned ideals
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terrible management, terrible culture, every day is worse than the last

The one good thing about this job is that it's relatively easy. But that becomes a curse over time as I become less and less eligible to work anywhere else. I interview at other jobs, but don't have any accomplishments to speak of at my current position. I was required to have 5 years of management-level experience to get my current role, and now all I can do is busywork. The technology is outdated so your tech skills will calcify in place once you start working here. Most of your co-workers have been here 20+ years and they're just trying to keep their head above water until they can retire. There's no dedication to the mission at any level. Unfortunately for YOU, the benefits just aren't what they used to be a few years ago. Most new employees leave again within a year or two. You will have 1-2 amazingly dedicated talented co-workers, but the majority of your colleagues will be shockingly bad at their job, and never ever held accountable for it. And your supervisor will be terrible but somehow their supervisor will be even worse. Terrible management practices, incompetence gets rewarded and promoted, favoritism is off-the-charts here. I will say that I've heard of small pockets of good teams, usually in the departments that are externally-facing and serve the courts themselves.Great place to retire from if you'd like to relax and don't care about keeping your skills or resume relevant. HR is terrible! They will give you bad information when you pick out your benefits, and I've heard nightmare stories from people who try to get help with a bad manager or an - 

Pros

not really

Cons

incompetent management, zero accountability, waste of time, this job could seriously derail your career.
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Walking on eggshells

That's what working here feels like. Walking on eggshells because it feels like your job is always on the line and your every move is put under a microscope and analyzed. It was everything I expected from working for the government: old fashioned and working with the most antiquated technology with antiquated people with antiquated mindsets.
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Great Place to Work, Provides Sense of Worth

This job gave me a sense of worth. Not only did I provide service to the California Courts of Appeal, but I was responsible for making sure the public needs were met.
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An environment with a great work-life balance

Unlike today's IT Culture that looks at consulting as a commodity, JCC looks for real talents and would prefer to retain people with a positive attitude. The management follows a coaching leadership, which creates a motivational learning environment, and they endorse employee achievements with appreciation and recognization. They have several training programs that build management and technical skills.
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Run far away

Your busy all day long. You learn from teaching yourself there is no training. Managers do not support their employee's.The culture is not a nice place no Perks. Nothing hard about the job just no support. I like the Benefits and the Holiday Pay. The most enjoyable part of the job was making relationship with some Staff not all.

Pros

Great Benefits

Cons

Managers are not fair and provide no Support
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Management top heavy

Organization is top heavy with executives that get paid huge salaries at the State of California tax payers expense. Worst run organization I have ever worked for. This organization keeps the stereotype of government workers and waste alive.

Pros

Benefits

Cons

everything but benefits
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a great environment

In spite of the potential for the job to be managed in a rigid, inflexible manner, I enjoyed far more autonomy than I had initially expected. Even though I was in a temporary, entry level position, I felt valued and respected by coworkers and executives alike.
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Opportunities for Learning

I enjoyed learning from smart professional co-workers and having a solid and knowledgeable mentor. Many people have worked here for a long time, and the culture can be a bit stagnant with people stuck in their ways. Overall I very much enjoyed my experience and co-workers.
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Excellent

The most enjoyable about this job is that it's for an organization that represents something. Providing equal justice and supporting that mission makes it easy to go to work daily.
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Average company

There is alot to say about his company. I have worked in this organization for over 4 years and think it is fine to work here . Would I recommend it, that is up to you

Pros

good location

Cons

benefits not what they used to be
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Do not apply unless you like abuse

Horrible place to work. Many depts are bad. Worse are HR and Legal. Long term employees with only 1 or 2 exceptions never get promoted. Though in Legal, new employees are treated much better than long term emp. Managenent believe if youve worked there for 2 weeks you know more than staff there for years. New emp are paid more than old staff. Support staff in particular are treated very poorly. The legal office is in seriously bad shape with major staff leaving in droves. Staff are lied to and treated poorly. Stay away.

Pros

None

Cons

Everything
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Not What It Used To Be!

The economy and poor management (not by the Chief Justice, who is a role model) have had the Judicial Council on the decline since 2008, and this is no longer someplace I could recommend to anyone to work. People think working for the government is going to be 8 to 5, too, but it is far from it these days, as a caveat to anyone with that stereotype. The employment is very low paying except at the top, and not "secure" as people assume for government work, as well.

Pros

The branch compares favorably to DGS, still.

Cons

Poor pay, poor management, increasingly poor service to superior courts.
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Great place for attorneys to work

As an attorney, I have found this to be a very rewarding place to work. There is an enormous amount of innovative work in attempting to address issues/challenges through legislation, policy, and Rules of Court. Some frustration when what seem like simple solutions are not approved by the Legislature.

Pros

Constantly challenged with interesting work and difficult issues.

Cons

Lack of telecommuting option.
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Learned a lot about cataloging courthouse data

This job involved a lot of scanning, naming, and archiving of various courthouse drawings from all over the state of California.
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Strong team atmosphere

The Judicial Council of California is a great place to work. There has been some recent restructuring, but I think it has been to the benefit of the mission. The people there work hard, and get things done. It's a solid place to find professional meaning.

Pros

Make a big difference for the courts and the state of California.

Cons

There aren't always pathways to advancement, but you can make lateral moves.
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I enjoyed working for the staff at our 58 county courts

Our staff assisted our assigned court's HR staff with payroll questions and issues that came up. We also helped the court's staff finalize their payroll on a bi-weekly basis.
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High Level Executive Administration of the Judicial Branch of California

The Judicial Council is the policymaking body of the California courts, the largest court system in the nation. Under the leadership of the Chief Justice of California and in accordance with the California Constitution, the council is responsible for ensuring the consistent, independent, impartial, and accessible administration of justice. Judicial Council staff implements the council’s policies. Working for this branch of government has been a valued education. My colleagues and I have grown in our knowledge and professionalism over the years. In my opinion, this organization is staffed with highly educated intellectual individuals who’s’ innovative ideas are at the for front of government administration. The Judicial Council is not the typical government entity. We are a hard working, conscientious group of individuals who regularly spend many hours beyond the typical 9 to 5 day of a government employee to ensure the most effective and fair delivery of services. The Judicial Council, although the governing body for the Judicial Branch, is also a very innovative forward thinking organization that takes risks for the benefit of the public.
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3.2 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.1 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
2.6 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
2.6 out of 5 stars for Management
2.9 out of 5 stars for Culture

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